Saturday, May 31, 2008
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Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
“On a stormy day in March, 1823, an earnest priest came all the tortuous distance from Detroit, to say mass to a little gathering of faithful French Catholics, in their rude little log cabin in the frontier village of Lower Sandusky [Fremont]. … here really begins the history of the venerable St. Ann’s Church.”
Three brothers, Joseph, Anthony and Peter Momenay, as well as John B. Beaugrand, his wife and seven children, French Catholics, came to Fremont from Detroit. Beaugrand asked his former pastor, Rev. Gabriel Richard of St. Anne’s in Detroit, to pay a visit and bless his home. Fr. Richard said the first Mass in Fremont.
Fr. Gabriel Richard
“His stay was only for a few days during which he also visited the French families at La Prairie, eight miles from Lower Sandusky. After Father Richard’s departure no priest visited the village for some years, but between 1826 and 1831 Bishop Fenwick, on his way to Michigan, stopped over at Lower Sandusky two or three times and looked after the spiritual wants of his neglected little flock.”
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Another procession will be from St. Thomas More University Parish to St. Aloysius, both in Bowling Green. This one will follow the 5 PM Mass at St. Thomas. There's more at their WEBSITE.
We need to see more of this sort of thing. By the way, the picture's in North Carolina. If anyone gets pictures tomorrow, we'd be happy to post them with credit.
Friday, May 23, 2008
I noticed, when it was released, that everyone with an axe to grind, especially in cyberspace, rushed to use the survey to prove their own particular versions of gloom and doom. Actually taking a close look at the survey, in context, presents a different story.
For example, Mark Gray, of CARA, points out that, while the Church lost more members than any denomination “it's also the biggest religion and when you translate the discussion in to proportions you can see the Catholic Church is doing quite well comparatively. It keeps more of its young faithful than any Protestant denomination.”
68% of those who are raised Catholic, stay Catholic. Compare that with the rates of 60% for Baptists, 59% for Lutherans, 47% for Methodists and Pentecostals, 45% for Episcopalians, and 40% for Presbyterians. Contrary to hype, there's no mass exodus from the Church.
Furthermore, there's been no sudden loss, but a steady rate over the years. 54% of those who have left the Church did so before 1988. That rather puts a crimp in the blame game.
The simple truth is that the Church is steadily growing.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Bihn had immigrated to America from Bavaria with his mother and several brothers and sisters in 1845. A few years later he worked as a clerk at Alcott, Horton & Co., a dry-goods store in Cleveland. While working, he met Bishop Amadeus Rappe and told him that he wished to be a priest. Bishop Rappe encouraged him, and after several years Bihn had saved enough money to enter the seminary.
Bihn's grave at St. Francis in Tiffin
Rev. Seraphin Bauer, a classmate of Fr. Bihn, eulogized him as follows:
“When Joseph Louis Bihn, at the impulse of the Holy Spirit, bade farewell to the counter in the dry-goods store at Cleveland, he was scarcely able to read and write English though already 30 years of age. Despite this fact, he began his studies A.D. 1852 with truly apostolic courage…
His task resembled that of the decrepit old man we read of who had to clear a large tract of woods, yet he shunned not the burden but on the contrary, like St. Ignatius Loyola he attended school at a similar age, for the purpose of mastering a difficult foreign language and the science of sciences – theology.
Many a time I admired his courage, his close application, and his iron-clad endurance and perseverance, and now that I see his life’s work before me I am still more astounded …”
The entrance to the convent, dated 1917. The inscription says "l'abri des soeurs", which translates to something like "sisters' home." I rather like the sound of that.